Apologizing in Japanese: Sorry for Being Late

Have you ever been late and wanted to apologize?

Here are some useful Japanese phrases to say you are sorry for being late.

遅くなってすみません。
おそくなってすみません。
Osoku natte sumimasen
I am sorry for being late

You can emphasize this statement by adding ‘very’:

大変おそくなってすいません。
たいへんおそくなってすいません
I am sorry for being very late.

If you are speaking to your boss or a senior person a more formal way is:
大変遅くなり申し訳ありません
Taihen osoku nari moushi wake arimasen.
I am very sorry for being late

Memorize these phrases in case you need to use them.

ではまたね!

Minna san mata ne!

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